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Former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick asks court for bond


DETROIT (WKZO) -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is asking to be released from prison while he waits to be sentenced.

According to a court filing, Kilpatrick's mother, former U.S. Representative Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick has offered to put her home up as collateral to ensure he will return to court.  Attorney Jim Thomas also stated in the filing his client has no funds he can use to flee and that Federal Pretrial Services found he was not a flight risk or a danger to the community.

Last Monday, Kilpatrick was convicted of 24 federal courts including racketeering, bribery and extortion, contractor Bobby Ferguson was convicted of nine counts and Kilpatrick's father Bernard Kilpatrick was convicted of one tax count.  Kwame Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson each face up to 20-years in jail and are being held at the federal prison in Milan, while Bernard Kilpatrick is free on bond.